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BOSTON--Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts President Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak released the following statement on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court:

“Justice Ginsburg was a champion for justice, equality, and health care for all. President Trump and Mitch McConnell are insulting her legacy and our democracy by ramming through a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court before Inauguration Day. Instead of figuring out how to protect Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide relief to their suffering, Trump and Senate Republicans would rather rip away our health care and send us back to the 1950s.

“Donald Trump has vowed to only appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade and ‘do the right thing’ on the Affordable Care Act by striking it down. We simply cannot trust Amy Coney Barrett, who has been an active and vocal threat to reproductive health care and openly critical of the ACA, to protect our health and rights. If this nomination is confirmed, we will no longer be able to rely on the U.S. Supreme Court to protect us. That’s why the Massachusetts legislature must take immediate action to abolish the racist and discriminatory barriers to care that are entrenched in our state laws and finally guarantee equitable abortion access by passing the ROE Act.

“The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts applauds the leadership of Senators Markey and Warren who are committed to making sure the people decide who sits on the people’s court. It is imperative that all Senators refrain from considering any nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg until after the inauguration. This rushed, blatantly partisan sham of a process is an attack on Planned Parenthood patients, and millions of others seeking health care. We will do all we can to fight this nomination.”